tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS September 5, 2014 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
y: pelley: tonight: this time, the president leaves no doubt. >> we are going to degrade and ultimately defeat isil. n pelley: the u.s. lines up aglied support for confronting the terrorists in iraq and syria and countering russian aggression in ukraine. reports from major garrett and clarissa ward. jeff pegues on a mystery over the east coast. a pilot goes silent, fighter jets are scrambled, and a plane crashes far off course. joan rivers never recovered from the medical procedure she had here. now the state is investigating. vladimir duthiers has the latest. and thurmond alford went to great lengths to get his dream job. steve hartman "on the road," a very long road. >> we're not there yet, no. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. president obama made it clear today the u.s. goal with the sunni terrorist group known as isis is not to contain it but to destroy it. he said so at the nato summit in wales. the president did not reveal a new strategy, but he did say a coalition of ten nations has agreed to take on isis militarily and financially. isis, also known as isil, has been waging a campaign of terror as it seizes territory in iraq and syria. it has executed two american journalists. chief white house correspondent major garrett covered the nato news conference. >> it's not going to happen overnight, but we are steadily moving in the right direction, and we are going to achieve our goal.
>> reporter: mr. obama said the existing allied >> reporter: mr. obama said the existing allied battle plan against al qaeda can also work against isis. >> you systematically degrade their capabilities. you narrow their scope of action. you slowly shrink the space, the territory that they may control. you take out their leadership. and, over time, they are not able to conduct the same kinds of terrorist attacks as they once could. >> reporter: the president said nothing about future u.s. air strikes in syria to complement the air war in iraq. within syria, he said the u.s. and its allies must develop a better fighting force among rebels battling both the assad regime and isis. >> we will not be placing u.s. ground troops to try to control the areas that are part of the conflict inside of syria.
>> reporter: nato countries will provide arms, intelligence, surveillance, training and humanitarian aid to iraqis fighting isis. secretary of state john kerry said the threat posed by the terror group should not be overstated, stating: "these guys are not ten feet tall. they're not as disciplined, they're not as organized as everybody thinks." under any other circumstances, scott, the conflict in ukraine would have dominated this summit. as united states and europe prepared another round of economic sanctions, news emerged of a cease-fire. the president said he was hopeful but skeptical it would hold. >> pelley: and secretary kerry headed to the middle east to recruit arab states into the fight against isis as well. major, thank you very much. isis is recruiting fighters from the u.s. and all around the world with a sophisticated campaign online, but clarissa ward is discovering that some who've answered the call to holy war have begun to lose faith in isis. isis. >> reporter: at first many
westerners went to join the jihad in syria to get rid of the dictator president rosemary barnes. many stayed to fight for the birth of a new islamic state, but as isis has gained more ground, its brutal tactics killing anyone who disagrees with them, has stirred unease in some militants. one european jihadi told me that's why he's leaving syria. and he's not alone. according to shiraz maher, an expert on islamic militant, dozens of british jihadis all want to come home, raising the question of what authorities should do with these battle-hardened fighters. what does the british government need to be thinking about now, goinged for? >> they need to find ways to disengage these guys, help transition them back into society and then, of course, to use their voices to decide others from going in the first
place. there won't be any more powerful narrative than one coming from a disillusioned fighter. >> reporter: but peter clarke, the former head of counter-terrorism for scotland yard, disagrees. >> they've very clearly gone completely against what the government said is accept automobile or legal. so they have to pay that price. >> reporter: i sat down with a european jihadi last weekend who is adamant that he has absolutely no inclination or desire to attack the west, and that the focus has always been syria. >> whose word do we take on this? how much reliance can you put on that sort of statement when you're dealing with the lives and the safety of the public? >> pelley: clarissa ward's joining us in london tonight. clarissa, what is it specifically that some of these jihadis have told you that is turning them against isis? >> reporter: well, scott, the jihadi who i met with said for him the moment of revelation came when he saw isis attacking other rebel groups, killing fellow muslims.
and what he told me is, "i didn't come to fight jihad to end up going to hell for killing a fellow muslim." >> pelley: clarissa ward, thanks, clarissa. president obama claimed a victory in the war on terror today, announcing the u.s. has killed the leader of al shabab, an islamic extremist group in somalia. david martin learned how it happened. >> reporter: when it finally got a shot at ahmed godane, the u.s. military fired a total of 11 precision-guided weapons at the target. they followed godane's car as it drove lou the al shabab territory in the south of somalia and stopped in an encampment where it appeared a meeting was about to take place. an unmanned reaper drone moved in for the kill, launching one 500-pound bomb and volleys of smaller missiles. the reaper made repeated passes over the target, firing at any sign of life. the air crews were confident godane had been killed but u.s.
intelligence had to confirm it. searching for him in all his usual haunts and finding no sign of him, as well as eavesdropping on cell phone conversations among his followers talking about his death. four days almost to the minute after the strike, the pentagon officially declared godane dead call it a major symbolic and operations loss to al shabab. godane was a cofounder of al shabab and had announced an alliance with al qaeda, vowing to follow in osama bin laden's footsteps. one year ago, he claimed responsibility for an attack on a shopping mall in kenya, which killed and injured dozens of shoppers. the u.s. military had spent months tracking godane after an earlier operation to kill him had been called off at the last minute. this time, scott, they were taking no chances. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. david, thank you very much. today, u.s. air force fighters scrambled to catch a private
plane flying from upstate new york to florida. the pilot wasn't talking to air traffic control, and now jeff pegues reports investigators think they know why. >> reporter: the small private plane took off from rochester, new york, at 8:26 this morning, headed for naples, florida. but around 10 a.m., the pilot reported a problem. he was cleared to go to a lower altitude. air traffic control never heard from the plane again. u.s. air defense was notified. fighter jets were scrambled. they were able to see the pilot slumped over the controls until the windshield frosted over, a telltale sign of cabin decompression.
the plane flew in and up on the of cuban air space, and at 2:15 p.m. crashed 14 miles north of jamaica. on board the plane, real estate executive larry glazer and his wife, jane, who both loved to fly. this is jane in a 2013 interview. >> we've been to europe and alaska and, you know, it's just a fun thing that we share. >> reporter: the incident is reminiscent of the 1999 crash of the private jet carrying champion golfer payne stewart. when the learjet lost pressure, everyone on board passed out and died. federal sources believe larry glazer was piloting that plane today. he was an experienced pilot who had purchased a new tbm-900 earlier this year. scott, larry glazer and his wife, jane, are now presumed dead. >> pelley: the aircraft flew 1,700 miles before it ran out of fuel. jeff, thanks very much.
today's jobs report from the labor department shows that the economy created only 142,000 jobs in august. it had been averaging more than 200,000 a month. the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, but that was largely because a lot of workers gave up looking for work and so are not counted as part of the unemployed workforce. and so, for those who do have a job, there is yet another problem. michelle miller tells us wages are barely keeping pace with inflation. e >> i believe we had one pay increase over the last five years. >> reporter: nick novello has been on the dallas police force for 33 years. like many americans, he can no longer count on a pay raise every year, so he's on a tight budget, has delayed retirement, and even put off needed foot surgery. >> it would be thousands of dollars, and i'm just not financially set for that right now, so i just wrap my foot in a certain way and then go to work.
>> reporter: before the recession, americans received a typical 3% raise every year. in the last four years, raises have been around 2%, if given at all. diane swonk is the chief economist at meisorow financial. can we recover without increasing wages? >> that's the key, and really the issue is no. i'm not happy about the fact that you had to take a pay cut in your wage or we haven't seen wages go up enough to get any real spending power to buy more stuff out there. >> reporter: the one bright spot, americans who are spending are buying cars. 1.2 million new cars were bought last month, the best august showing in 12 years. and builders spent more on construction projects than they have in six years. >> we're still seeing a very uneven and rocky recovery. the good news is, we have seen more jobs generated in general this year. the bad news is, it's still not good enough. >> reporter: in general, economists believe we are headed in the right direction, but
they'll be closely watching the next jobs report, scott, to make sure that the economy has not gone off track. we have more tonight about the death of joan rivers. we'll tell you why the state has opened an investigation. and, southern california braces for giant waves, when this western edition of the "cbs evening news" continues.
in some chicago neighborhoods, the walk to school can be very dangerous. than reynolds tells us about a program that allows those children safe passage. >> reporter: in the city's bloodiest neighborhood, on a street corner all by herself, rayvell thompson stands guard. >> i look for people's facial expressions and body language, things like that. >> reporter: this mother of four is one of 1,300 unarmed workers providing safe passage for children going to and from chicago's public schools. we spoke to her as sirens occasionally wailed and police patrols cruised by. can you identify gunfire just by hearing it? >> yes. >> reporter: have you been on this corner when you've heard shooting? >> yes. >> reporter: 50 schools were closed here for budget reasons last year, meaning many kids were transferred to unfamiliar schools on unfamiliar streets. maybe not a big deal in other
towns, but this is chicago, where just sitting on your porch at the wrong time of day can get you shot. morgan street here in the englewood neighborhood is the dividing line between two rival gangs, the black disciples and the gangster disciples. and if you're here and you don't know the difference, you could have a problem on your hands. >> good morning! >> reporter: the safe passage workers are placed a block or two away from each other, along with what the police say are high-risk routes. if they see something suspicious, they can report it on a two-way radio or call 911. over the last four years, 114 school children were murdered in chicago. last year alone, 200 of them were wounded in what police say were often gang-related incidents. a 15-year-old girl was shot five blocks from here on monday. rayvell and her coworkers say the violence goes down when they're on the job, and the school system says attendance is up. do you like this job? >> yes, i love this job because
i have a great passion for kids, and i love working with kids. what's up? >> reporter: what do the kids say to you? w oh, they tell me that they feel safe with us being out here, and their parents, too. it makes a big difference. have a good day, okay? see you later. >> reporter: in this neighborhood, that simple expression is almost a prayer. >> pelley: more monster waves are headed for southern california. so in long beach today, crews set up wooden barriers behind new sand dunes to protect the shore. the heavy surf, kicked up by hurricane norbert, is expected by sunday. last week, another hurricane sent waves crashing ashore. that caused minor flooding in long beach. state health officials have some questions about the medical treatment joan rivers received, and that story is next.
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,,,, road continue to leave flowers at her new york city apartment. the medical examiner said today the cause of her death yesterday has not been determined. vladimir duthiers tells us the state has begun an investigation at the outpatient clinic where she stopped breathing last week during a medical procedure. >> reporter: joan rivers was at the yorkville endoscopy clinic last week for a procedure to examine her vocal chords when she went into cardiac arrest. the new york state department of health declined to provide specifics but says investigators have visited the facility. in an e-mail, a spokesperson said their inquiries include:
rivers was having an endoscopy. during the procedure, doctors insert a fiber optic camera into the esophagus and then usually move it into the stomach and small intestines. the clinic is an ambulatory surgical center. one of some 120 under new york state regulations. colonoscopies and endoscopies are some of the procedures performed at these facilities. tara narula is a cardiologist at lenox hill hospital and a cbs news contributor. what is known about the safety at these surgical outpatient centers? >> generally, surgical outpatient procedures carry a pry low risk, but what is important for people to know is that when you have a cardiac arrest, your risk of surviving that is very low. if you have a cardiac arrest in the hospital, there's only a 25% chance of survival. >> reporter: in a hospital. >> in a hospital setting. >> reporter: in new york state, the centers are required to have a cardiac defibrillator on hand.
and professionals qualified in resuscitative techniques. cardiac and lung complications are rare, involving one death in every 10,000 procedures. most of those fatalities are from problems with sedation or anesthesia, but it's not known if rivers had either. as for how long the investigation will take, scott, a spokesperson for the department of health told us the lengths zero case by case. joan rivers' funeral is scheduled for sunday. >> pelley: longtime cbs news and cnn correspondent bruce morton died today of cancer. truce was one of the best writers in the business. we learned a lot from him. most of all, he liked writing about politics. on a good day, he said, politics can be more fun than cars. bruce covered conventions, elections, wars and watergate, and won a peabody award as co-anchor of the "cbs morning news." the citation said he made getting up every morning worthwhile. bruce morton was 83.
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takes takes the average american 25 minutes to commute to work. that number might be a bit lower if not for a virginia man who's doing everything he can to bring the average up. steve hartman met him "on the road." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: just outside richmond, virginia, at the end of this cul-de-sac, we met the ultimate family man. of course, we all love our families, and typically our extended families, too. but not many of us would make the kind of sacrifice thurmond alford has made to stay near his family. >> it's all about family. if you don't have family, what you going to do? >> reporter: about 12 years ago, thurmond was offered his dream job. >> ...bring us together, lord. >> reporter: it paid three times what he was making. there was no question, he had to take it even though everyone he loved was in richmond and the job was in washington, d.c. and so began what has now become one of the longest daily commutes in america.
>> every two weeks, i was changing oil. the guy at jiffy lube knew... >> reporter: he knew you. >> he knew my first name, my football teams. "you're here every two weeks." it's like i'm getting a haircut. he was changing the oil in my car. >> reporter: that's how long his commute is. it begins every week day at 4:00 a.m. he drives 80 miles to a parking lot outside fredricksburg, which is still nowhere near d.c. >> we're not there yet, no. >> reporter: from here, he grabs a ride with someone else. an hour later, he's at another parking lot in arlington. >> see you later. >> reporter: which is still not d.c. he then takes a train-- two trains, actually-- to downtown washington. by 7:30, he's finally to his program manager job at the department of justice. to get here, he has passed through three major cities, forged three large rivers and crossed nine different counties. round-trip, that's 220 miles in seven hours. so, if you calculate, since he
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downtown oakland. they are t happy with what they see as militarization of local pol rs are making their a large crowd has gathered in downtown oakland. they are not happy with what they see as the militarization of local police. protestors are making their voices heard outside a law enforcement trade show. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. kpix 5's juliette goodrich on what has those protestors so upset. juliette. >> reporter: along broadway street, the street is completely shut down between 7th and 11th streets because the protestors have taken over. they are protesting a trade show called urban shield 2014 saying the convention promotes military tactics and puts public resources into tanks and war machines and attention the money away from antipoverty and
public safety programs. let's go inside the convention center to show you what urban shield is all about. we got a chance to look at the latest in law enforcement vehicles and the equipment inside. they also have many vendor demonstration going on inside to show off the latest gear and tactics. but protestors say it's these military tactics that they oppose and that police are taking it too far. one of protestors said her son was shot and killed by an oakland police officer two years ago and he was unarmed. >> in the military you are trained to shoot to kill. that's what he did to my boy, he shot him like a animal in the street. >> reporter: back out here live where the protest continues, it started at 4:00 and is not growing, not ou